When it comes to fall fun, there is no shortage of corn mazes, haunted trails and pumpkin patches. As this season gets underway, here are several must-do activities!
Anyone looking for a frightful adventure won’t want to miss the Stoney Point Trail of Terror. Not for the faint of heart, this Halloween tradition features a stage show followed by a trek through a haunted mansion and a spooky wooded trail. Monsters, clowns, creepy creatures and more greet visitors in animated and 3-D scenes. This year, don’t miss the newest addition to the event — a chance to hunt the undead in the Zombie Rampage interactive paintball experience. The Trail of Terror is a fundraiser for the Stoney Point Fire Department. Funds are used to purchase firefighting and lifesaving equipment.
The trail runs Oct.9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and due to bad weather is extened into November. Trail hours are 8 until 11 p.m. Admission is $15 per person (adults and children). Special VIP admissions are available for $25. The Trail is located behind the Stoney Point Fire Department, Station #13 at 7221 Stoney Point Road. For more information, please check out the website: www.undeadfd.com, our Facebook page (stoney point trail of terror), or give call at 424-0694.
Hubb’s Farm located in Clinton, hosts eastern Carolina’s largest fall festival. This year there are three mazes from which to choose: a shorter game maze for beginners and two longer mazes for the more experienced navigator. If a maze doesn’t suit you, check out the haunted trail that leads through the woods and into a sorghum field. Other activities at Hubb’s Farm include outdoor laser tag, human foosball, a pumpkin patch, a play house, a game area, a train, a sandbox, toddler town, fire pits, hay rides, concessions and more. Find out more at www.hubbscornmaze.com.
Just outside of Sanford, Gross Farms hosts 15-acres of corn mazes. There are three puzzles that include more than five miles of pathways. Each puzzle has checkpoints. Hayrides around the farm add a great twist to the outdoor adventure, as do the play area and concessions. Starting the second week in October, Gross Farms hosts a pumpkin patch where guests can pick and purchase their own pumpkins. Check out www.grossfarms.com for more information.
West Produce is located in Spring Lake. A visit to this establishment includes fresh fruits and vegetables for sale as well as hayrides and pumpkin picking. Call 497-7443 for more information.
A visit to Gillis Hill Farm features an educational corn maze where kids can learn a thing or two while having a great time. Wagon rides, pumpkins and more. Find out more about them at www.gillishillfarm.com. Fans of the Gillis Hill Farms Field of Screams will be pleased to know that this event is back, but at a different location. This year it is at the Hoke County Wagon Train (1239 Alex Baker Road, in Raeford). Message the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Fieldofscreams13/posts/911372942276697 to find out more.
Canady Farm Corn Maze and Wagon Ride offers a maze, an educational nature trail as well as hayrides. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the farm animals and shop the fresh produce. Call 624-2959 for more information.
The Gallberry Corn Maze features a maze, duck races, a train ride, bouncy houses and many more fun activities. Call at 309-7582 for hours of operation and information.
The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival hosts the Dogwood Fall Festival featuring three days of events. Historic Hauntings includes hayrides through downtown Fayetteville exploring the spookier side of Fayetteville’s history. The Haunted Asylum includes an outdoor haunted maze that promises to leave even the bravest thrill seekers shaking with fear. The Boo and Brew Beer Garden includes domestic and craft beers sold by the pint. Don’t miss the Food Truck Festival featuring a variety of food trucks offering up everything from familiar comfort food to one-of-a-kind sensations. Find out more at www.faydogwoodfestival.com/events.